For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"High Technology and Work Tomorrow"

by Aronowitz, Stanley; DiFazio, William (1996)

Abstract

Science and technology developments over the past 25 years have had profound effects on workplace productivity and income. Prevailing wisdom holds that significant levels of investment in plant and equipment and the consequent economic growth lead, in the context of a market economy, to more permanent jobs. The authors contest this claim. They argue that the tendency of technology investment is inherently labor saving, in both goods production and the services. Most new jobs that are being created, primarily in the services, have been contingent, part-time, benefit free, and frequently temporary. Thus there will be a shortage of decent-paying permanent jobs in the future. The authors argue that the premise of economic and social policy must take work as an active presupposition.

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doi: 10.1177/0002716296544001005 ()

Keywords

Jobless Future, Computerisation, Sociology, Future Of Work

Themes

Post-Work Society

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